The campaign urges the community to donate as a way to remember those who are vulnerable.
With the holidays approaching, Dartmouth United Way’s co-chairs Gail Gentes and Executive Vice President Rick Mills have invited the community to remember their Upper Valley neighbors who are struggling this season.
As United Way campaign begins, the plan recognizes various ways to give.
Beginning Jan. 1, Dartmouth employees will be able take a day of paid time off to volunteer with a United Way supported nonprofit agency, the College announced this week.
Executive Vice President Rick Mills, co-chair of the Dartmouth United Way Campaign, announced the new policy as the 2016 fundraising effort gets underway.
“As we begin this year’s United Way campaign, we want to recognize the outstanding contribution of time and resources Dartmouth faculty and staff already make to our community,” Mills says. “This new policy supports that vital work by offering a day of paid time off each year to volunteer.”
Organizers aim for 200 new donors to support Upper Valley service agencies.
Granite United Way is a “small d democratic organization” with local people deciding how to fund scores of Upper Valley service organizations, United Way’s Rob Schultz told the crowd at the kick-off for the Dartmouth campaign Tuesday.
At a breakfast for volunteers held at the president’s house on Oct. 11, Dartmouth United Way co-chairs Gail Gentes and Rick Mills, executive vice president at the College, announced this year’s goals of raising $275,500 by Dec. 15 and attracting 200 first-time donors.
Preparations are underway for the 2016 Dartmouth Granite United Way campaign to start. Watch for packets to arrive after Oct. 11. We are looking forward to building on our 40-plus years of commitment to supporting the United Way with another great drive. The Dartmouth campaign is a great opportunity to join together to bring immediate, positive change to the Upper Valley.
Dartmouth football’s Sept. 17 homecoming game was also a fundraiser for Granite United Way. During the halftime ceremony, United Way volunteer Stacey Chiocchio (center), community citizenship manager for Hypertherm, was honored by (from left) Dartmouth athletic director Harry Sheehy, Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon ’77, Dartmouth United Way co-chair Gail Gentes, Granite United Way representatives Katie Kobe and Rob Shultz, and United Way board member Kevin Kober. (Photo by Mark Washburn)
Dartmouth fans were not only treated to a stunning, come-from behind 22-21 victory over UNH at the home opener on Sept. 17, they were able to give the 2016 Dartmouth United Way campaign an early boost.
As part of an annual Dartmouth Football tradition, one dollar out of every adult ticket sold was donated to the Dartmouth United Way campaign, which kicks off this year on Oct. 11.
“I’m pleased to report that we had an excellent turnout for our United Way home opener,” says Bob Ceplikas ’78, deputy director of athletics. “We sold 4,330 adult tickets to Saturday night’s UNH game, and we are happy to round up to $5,000 for the Dartmouth Athletics contribution to the Granite United Way.”
Total attendance at the game was 8,296 including discounted youth tickets and Dartmouth students, who enter for free.
At halftime, United Way volunteer Stacey Chiocchio, community citizenship manager for Hypertherm, was presented with a game ball by Harry Sheehy A’55, director of athletics and recreation and Katie Kobe of Granite United Way. Also there to celebrate United Way volunteers were Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon ’77, Dartmouth United Way co-chair Gail Gentes, Granite United Way’s Rob Shultz, and United Way board member Kevin Kober.
The team also showed a United Way promotional video with Gail Gentes and Phil Hanlon on the stadium video board. Athletics plans to show United Way promotional videos several times during the season, says Ceplikas.
The 2016 Dartmouth United Way campaign kicks-off on Oct. 11, and Dartmouth faculty and staff will receive United Way giving forms soon after.
In this video, Geisel School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Joseph O'Donnell discusses how we can strengthen the social safety net in the United Way and how easy it is for faculty and staff to give to the Dartmouth United Way Campaign and help our neighbors in need.
Dartmouth has been committed to the United Way in the Upper Valley for 40 years, through volunteer work, monetary contributions and organizational leadership. Geisel PhD student Marie Onakomaiya is just one example. She has volunteered at the Upper Valley Haven for several years, donates to the United Way, and has served on the Granite United Way Grants Review Committee.
"At Dartmouth, we believe in embracing the world's troubles and being our neighbor's keeper," Onakomaiya says.
Last Updated: 11/28/16